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How to properly set up Touch ID on your Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

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Touch ID debuted over three years ago with the launch of the iPhone 5s , since then, we have seen it expand to future iPhones and various iPads, being Apple’s reference security system. Now, with the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, it comes to the Mac as well.

What can Touch ID do on a Mac?

Touch ID allows you to authenticate and unlock various services on your computer, for example:

  • Unlocking the Mac
  • Authorize Apple Pay purchases on the web
  • Shopping in apps and iTunes
  • Unlocking system preference panels
  • Open password-protected notes
  • Accessing Safari passwords
  • Switch between users
  • Accessing Apple Pay-compatible third-party apps

How to set up Touch ID on your Mac?

How to properly set up Touch ID on your Macbook Pro with Touch Bar
How to properly set up Touch ID on your Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

Unlike the iPhone and iPad, on the Mac you can only register three different fingerprints . To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on Touch ID
  3. Click on Add fingerprint
  4. Enter the administrator’s password to continue
  5. Press and lift the Touch Id button to register the fingerprint, just like in iOS
  6. Click on OK when the process is complete

In addition to this, you can choose where you want the Touch ID to be used by checking or unchecking the checkboxes: Unlock Mac, Apple Pay or iTunes and App Store.

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